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Indian banks implement interest rate hikes, while RBI maintains repo rate


Leading Indian banks have embarked on a trend of interest rate hikes, signaling potential challenges for borrowers. Canara Bank initiated the movement by raising home loan rates and other lending rates, followed by HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Bank of Baroda, and Bank of India, which adjusted their marginal cost of funds-based lending rates (MCLR) in August.

Canara Bank’s new rates encompass a range of tenors, with the revised figures intended for new loans and advances sanctioned from August 12th. These adjustments have sparked discussions about the viability of loans for borrowers as interest costs escalate.

In contrast, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has opted to keep its benchmark repurchase rate (repo) unchanged at 6.50%, maintaining stability despite economic dynamics and inflationary pressures. The balance between lenders’ profitability and borrowers’ affordability takes center stage, emphasizing the critical role of the RBI in navigating India’s monetary course during these times of uncertainty.

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